Fredrick Gifford

Fredrick Gifford
Fredrick Gifford
Adjunct Faculty
Chicago College of Performing Arts
» Music Conservatory

About Me

I care if you listen calls the music of Fredrick Gifford “a world of characters and colors that explode from the stage.” His works explore different kinds of openness to create pieces that are never the same twice. His music has been performed in concerts and radio broadcasts in Europe, Asia and the Americas, performed by groups including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Kairos Quartett, Ensemble dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and the Spektral Quartet. Festival appearances include Resonant Bodies, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea (Mexico), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, soundSCAPE (Italy), ANODE, Aspen Music Festival, and Ear Taxi.

Commissions, grants and support have come from: Arts Council of Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Associação Musical Pro-Organo, Chicago Academy for the Arts, the Harris & Wyatt Funds and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago. Recent and upcoming projects include the ongoing “mobile” series; 100 Not-songs for JOHN CAGE, a collaboration with Tony Arnold and Ross Karre; Difficult Grace, commissioned for cellist Seth Parker Woods and the Seattle Symphony’s Octave 9 multimedia performance space. His music has been recorded on Numérica (2012), by Hasco Duo (2014), Mabel Kwan (2015) and Ben Melsky (2019) and is published by Tetractys.

  • DMusComposition — Northwestern University